A Scarlatti - La Giuditta
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95536
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 20th April 2018
ArtistsRosita Frisani (soprano)
Marco Lazzara (alto)
Mario Nuvoli (tenor)
Alessandro Stradella Consort
This release presents a reissue of a recording made in 1995, the premiere on disc for Giuditta. This is a two-act oratorio composed by Alessandro Scarlatti, who has been the particular focus of Estévan Velardi’s work on record, encompassing other treasurable discoveries issued on Brilliant Classics such as the Oratorio per La Santissima Trinitŕ (BC95535), Il dolore di Maria Vergine (BC95534) and San Filippo Neri (BC94037), which was welcomed by Gramophone for ‘Velardi’s admirable zeal, worthy endeavour, natural pacing and the shapely string playing of his band.’
Giuditta is based on the Biblical story of Judith, a beautiful Israelite widow who insinuates herself within the camp of the conquering Assyrian tribe and deceives their general, Holofernes, before decapitating him and carrying off his head in triumph. This is the second version of the oratorio, known as the Cambridge version after the location of the manuscript when it was turned up in modern times. Scarlatti had considered the original version, composed for Rome in 1693, to be his finest oratorio. This is no mean assessment from the composer of masterworks which have been more celebrated in our own time such as La Maddalena, for their expressive pathos and superbly grateful vocal lines. At any rate, Scarlatti conducted a revision of Giuditta four years later, scaling down the forces of the original to three solo voices, strings and continuo: it is this version, incisive and dramatic, which is performed by the Alessandro Stradella Consort.
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